Let's face it, it doesn't get any more quiet this time of year. The buzz of the Draft is slowly building momentum. That's when we come running back to our home here at Celtics Green to a furor of last minute mocks and projections! So, what do we do with ourselves before the words, "...and with the seventh pick in the 2006 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics Select...(insert your fantasy pick here)"?
Read another great piece by our resident writer, FLCeltsFan!
We have all heard arguments on both sides of the state of the Celtics. The pessimists say that we are floundering around and mired in mediocrity. The koolaid drinkers say that we are on the verge of the next championship. But where exactly do the Celtics lie? My guess is somewhere in between. We aren't there yet but are building toward the goal.
We do have some weaknesses and Danny should be able to address them this summer via the lottery pick and free agency. Let's look at each position and see where we stand.
At the point we have Delonte, Greene, Dickau and in a pinch Tony Allen. Delonte stepped up last year and did much better than anyone thought he would. He played decent defense, although he could use some improvement. He was planning on spending some time this summer working with John Lucas. Delonte is a hard worker and I believe he will come back even better next year and will have also developed his right hand. Greene showed flashes of being able to run the team last year and was one of our better defenders.
I still have hopes that he will turn into a decent back up for us. If Danny picks up a PG in the draft or via free agency, Danny should send Greene to the DLeague for some seasoning. Dickau was a disappointment last year even before the injury. His defense was so weak that he was a liability out there. He came in handy as a designated free throw shooter but now that we have Wally, he is definitely expendable. Danny needs to find another PG this summer, preferably a veteran. Jay Williams would be ideal. Speedy Claxton or Brevin Knight would also be possibilities. We need to be 3 deep with quality players at the PG spot. [More...] source:
Excellent read, FL12. Really good team assessment and right on the mark on all the players. Though I do give more love to Scal and Dickau than most fans. I think in the right roles, they can become more accepted among Celtics fans.
I have little doubt that Big Al will come back in a big way next year. He'll bring tons of buzz and excitment again, like he did in his rookie year. It was disappointing to hear how many fans were willing to give up on him and trade him away because of how ineffective he was this past year. He's got just as much impact potential as Chris Bosh, but whereas Bosh attacks with his jumper, Al will attack with his post up game.
I concur that Gerald will take a big step next year. The final 2 weeks of the season, Gerald got a lot of playing time, and when he looked to score, he was able to do it fairly easily. As a scorer off the bench, he will be able to showcase his offensive firepower like Ricky did for us two years ago. Gerald already has a smooth jumper which he can get off of virtually any defender because of how quickly, and how high he gets off the ground on his jumper.
FL, Doc needs to have Scal stay inside the arc, and not try to penetrate too often. I like Scal because he's a hustle player, especially on offensive rebounds. He comes crashing in and often gets his hands on balls that are already secured by the opposition. He plays with heart--its just that sometimes he tries too hard.
As for Dickau, he needs to be used for his outside shooting, and not for his PG skills. When he's in the game, Doc needs him to be aggressive with his shooting.